0 View Gallery View Comments BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Esther Friedman held the Book of Psalms with both hands as she peered over her glasses at the fertility lab monitor. There were eight beautiful round eggs, retrieved from a young woman earlier that day. “A good number,” Friedman said, nodding.A technician grabbed a long glass tube, filled it with sperm and, within minutes, the eggs were fertilized. Eight potential new lives had been conceived.Friedman – an Orthodox Jewish rabbinical observer hired by the prospective parents – took a step back, lowered her eyes and began to pray.Forty years ago this July, the world’s first “test tube” baby was born at a British hospital in the industrial city of Oldham, heralding a radical change in the creation of human life. Until Louise Joy Brown arrived, hopeful parents had been at the mercy of fate, and a barren marriage could feel like divine punishment.Afterward, as one of the doctors involved in Brown’s birth put it, it seemed that science – not God – was in charge.Since then, in vitro fertilization, or IVF, and related technologies have produced about 7 million babies who might never have existed and the world’s fertility clinics have blossomed… Read full this story
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